Aston Business School MBA retains place in world’s top 100


The MBA programme at Aston Business School (ABS) has been named once again as one of the best in the world, in the Economist Which MBA Ranking 2009.

According to the newly-released ranking, Aston’s MBA is 67th in the world, ahead of prestigious institutions such as Imperial College Business School, Cass Business School and Lancaster University Management School. The Economist also ranks ABS 12th in the UK, up one place from last year, and 2nd in the Midlands.

Dr Brigitte Nicoulaud, Director of the MBA Programme, said: ‘We are delighted to consolidate our position in the World Top 100, and in the leading group of MBA programmes in the UK. Our MBA is proving to be a huge asset for our students. We have particular strengths in innovation, leadership and strategy – vital tools in a tough economic climate. Our students, and the companies they work for, reap the benefits of the expertise they acquire on the programme.’

ABS, the Business School of Aston University, Birmingham, performed particularly strongly in three key areas. It came 8th in the world for student diversity, 13th for average number of years work experience, and 24th for student rating of careers service.

Dr Nicoulaud believes these factors are important to the success of the programme: ‘Aston University is one of the most diverse institutions in the UK. We believe that creativity and innovation thrive in a multicultural community, and that a diverse population prepares students for operating in an international marketplace. It is therefore no surprise that our students do well once they leave Aston. Our MBA students tend to have more work experience than in other institutions, which means that they learn from each other, as well as their lecturers. And ultimately, of course, they take an MBA in order to enhance their job prospects, so our excellent careers service is an important part of the MBA experience.’

For more information on the Economist Which MBA rankings, visit http://www.economist.com/business-education/whichmba/

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